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Stock Horse Team wins National Championship

By Victoria Pilger LOVELAND, CO – The Texas A&M Stock Horse team was named the 2014 National Champion Collegiate Stock Horse Team at the American Stock Horse Association (ASHA) Intercollegiate Show in Loveland, CO. On April 11 and 12 the Aggies dominated the competition earning the highest scores in every overall division as a team and all three overall individual championships. Texas A&M defeated second place Texas Tech by 39 points followed by Tarleton State, North Central Texas College, and New Mexico State University, respectively. The Stock Horse… Read More →

Hale awarded the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award

Acting Vice Chancellor and Acting Dean Bill Dugas announced Friday, March 7th, that Dr. Dan Hale has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award at the University Level for Extension, Outreach, Continuing Education and Professional Development. We are all very aware of Dan’s valuable contributions to the Department, Texas A&M AgriLife and Texas A&M University.  Without a doubt, Dr. Hale has developed and implemented Extension, outreach, and educational programs that have a lasting impact on the state’s and nation’s livestock… Read More →

Texas A&M University Students Take the Dairy Challenge

Writer: Cathy Myers, DHI Provo, 559-289-2585, cathyd@dhiprovo.com Renee Smith, Virtus Nutrition, 661-699-8552, rsmith@virtusnutrition.com Four Texas A & M University students participated in the 9th annual Western Regional Dairy Challenge in Tulare, California on February 27 – March 1, 2014. Traveling to the event were: Emily Ligon, Mary Lavender, Kelsey Bitter, and Bernard teVelde. They were coached by Michael Tomaszewski. The Western Regional Dairy Challenge is an innovative, three-day educational competition designed to prepare students for dairy careers. Working in mixed-university teams of five or six students, participants assessed… Read More →

2014 NAMA Scholarship Recipients

Writer: Lauron Early, lauron@meatassociation.com, www.meatassociation.com The NAMA Scholarship Foundation was pleased to announce last week the undergraduates chosen as recipients of scholarship grants for the 2013-14 academic school year. The awards were presented during the NAMA Meat Industry Management Conference on March 21, by Foundation President Ron Gustafson. Frank DeBenedetti Scholarship: Daniel Neely, Kansas State University Florence Powers Scholarship: Lindsey Turner, Texas A&M University Al Piccetti Scholarship: Hope Voegele, Texas A&M University Lou Gast Scholarship: Brittany McDaniel, University of Florida NAMA Scholarship: Kathryn Sands, Purdue University Don &… Read More →

Over 90 Organizations Urge Congress to Support Animal Science

Writer: Lowell Randel, 202-406-0212, lowell@therandelgroup.com On March 28th, 92 national and state agriculture organizations, led by the National Association for the Advancement of Animal Science (NAAAS), wrote to the leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees in support of $10 million in fiscal year 2015 for Section 1433 Continuing Animal Health and Disease, Food Security, and Stewardship Research, Education and Extension Programs.  The Section 1433 program was expanded in the recently passed farm bill to include a new competitive grants program focused on the high priority… Read More →

Wool team wins Houston, named National Champions

By Victoria Pilger HOUSTON – The Texas A&M University Wool Judging Team won their final contest of the season at the 2014 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Collegiate Wool Judging Contest on March 17, 2014. The Aggies swept the contest with both teams placing first and second, followed by two teams from Texas Tech and Angelo State, respectively. The team is coordinated by Dr. Shawn Ramsey and coached by Tanner Wieghat. Assistant coaches include Garrett Stribling, Emily Von Edwins, and Erika Wiggs. Team members are Kylie Bennett, from… Read More →

Savell named university distinguished professor

COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Jeffrey Savell, a faculty member in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, was recently named university distinguished professor. The title, which is bestowed in perpetuity, is one of the highest honors given to Texas A&M University System faculty. Savell is a Regents Professor and E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chairholder in the Department of Animal Science and holder of the Cintron University Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. Savell became the third member of the animal science faculty to receive this honor. Dr. Fuller… Read More →

Acuff elected Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Gary Acuff, director of the Texas A&M Center for Food Safety and a professor of food microbiology in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University in College Station, has been elected Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. Dr. Gary Acuff, director for the Texas A&M Center for Food Safety and a professor of food microbiology in the department of animal science. Acuff will be recognized May 20 at the academy luncheon during the general meeting of… Read More →

Livestock Judging Clinic scheduled for March 29 at Texas A&M

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Brant Poe, 979-845-6059, brant_poe@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas 4-H and FFA youth and agricultural leaders interested in gaining livestock evaluation skills can attend a Livestock Judging Clinic to be held March 29, 2014, at Texas A&M University in College Station. The clinic will begin at 8 a.m. and will be held at Pearce Pavilion located on George Bush Drive. The award-winning Texas A&M Livestock Judging Team and coaches will teach the half-day clinic, which will focus on evaluation training for breeding and… Read More →

Animal health experts meet at Texas A&M to discuss show animal health, emerging issues

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Veterinarians and animal health representatives from across Texas recently gathered at Texas A&M University’s O.D. Butler Jr. Animal Science Complex in College Station to discuss issues involving show animals and exhibitors. The daylong event was sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and department of animal science at Texas A&M. “The purpose of this meeting is to start dialogue with practicing vets about unique challenges facing exhibitors and show market animals,” said Dr. Ron Gill, AgriLife Extension Service beef… Read More →